Race Inquiry Digest (October 12) – Important Current Stories On Race In America

Featured – Watch when 20,000 American Nazis Descended Upon New York City. In 1939, the German American Bund organized a rally of 20,000 Nazi supporters at Madison Square Garden in New York City. When Academy Award-nominated documentarian Marshall Curry stumbled upon footage of the event in historical archives, he was flabbergasted. It is a cautionary tale. Watch here.

Virginia Is for Haters. Ed Gillespie, the G.O.P. candidate, is trying to pull off an upset by going full-on Trumpist, doing all he can — with assistance from the tweeter in chief — to mobilize the white nationalist vote. Read more 

NFL players discover their power. Now how should they wield it? Last week a group of NFL players, owners and representatives of the NFL Players Association and the commissioner met in Washington, D.C., to discuss player protests. Read more 

The new Thurgood ‘Marshall’ movie is a thrilling What-Had-Happened-Was. Part of Marshall’s story is rooted in his light skin. Although Chadwick’s skin is chocolate he captures the spirit of Thurgood Marshall. People who knew Marshall intimately are more than satisfied. Read more 

Toni Morrison’s Radical Vision of Otherness.  In her new book, The Origin of Others, Morrison extends and sharpens these themes as she traces through American literature patterns of thought and behavior that subtly code who belongs and who doesn’t, who is accepted in and who is cast out as “Other.” Read more 

FBI terrorism unit says ‘black identity extremists’ pose a violent threat. Leaked report, citing concerns of retaliation over ‘perceptions of police brutality against African Americans’, prompts fears of crackdown on activists. Read more 

ESPN Is Terrified of Jemele Hill’s Honesty on Racism. On Monday, ESPN issued a two-week suspension to Jemele Hill, a tough, opinionated black woman who anchors “SportsCenter,” because she violated the network’s social-media guidelines. Read more 

Historian Nancy MacLean: We’re under attack “by a right-wing machine.” Republicans now enjoy a near-monopoly on political power, with control of the White House, both houses of Congress and a large majority of state legislatures and governorships. How did this happen? Read more 

This is about systemic oppression’: Eric Reid becomes the voice of 49ers’ protest with criticism of Pence. Reid bent a knee after violence in August claimed the life of a woman in Charlottesville. He explained then that his decision to kneel again was based on a narrative that was being co-opted. Read more 

Why Black-White Economic Disparities in a Very Progressive State Are Called the ‘Worst in the Country.’  Today, black families in Minnesota make about half of what white families make. More than 30% of the state’s African American families lives in poverty. Read more 

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